A LOCAL councillor has issued an appeal for help for a local animal charity which has fallen into difficulty following the death of its founder.

Iain Gaul, Councillor for Kirriemuir and Dean, has said that food supplies for animals at the Mountains Animal Sanctuary is running low in the wake of the death of Alan Fraser.

Prior to his death, Mr Fraser contributed the majority of funding to the sanctuary and until his will is sorted out, the sanctuary's stream of funding has all but dried up.

There are currently 168 animals held at the sanctuary, which rescues horses, ponies and donkeys, and food stocks are running low.

"Due to unforeseen and tragic circumstances The Mountain Sanctuary find themselves in dire need of not only financial assistance but also fodder for the animals," said Cllr Gaul.

"Nobody wants to think of the horses and donkeys starving. I would ask all those who are able to please help them.

"The situation has been made worse by the recent severe weather."

A spokesperson for Mountains Animal Sanctuary said: "A lot of our funding came from Mr Fraser but currently the money is all tied up in his will and could be for as much as 12 months, so we are really living month to month at the moment.

"At the moment we are completely reliant on donations and with Christmas coming up and everyone tightening their belts, donations have really started to dwindle.

"We would really appreciate any donations, whether it's cash, hay or a bag of carrots. People could even help by volunteering as things like mucking out would allow the girls in the yard to do other things.

"The sanctuary also have several animals who are available to sponsor and adopt and it would make the perfect Christmas present for the person who has everything.

"It costs as little as 20 a year and you get a letter from your animal, a newsletter, a picture and a certificate which you can frame. You can even come and visit your animal.

Anyone interesting in donating or volunteering should contact the sanctuary directly on 01356 650258.